Thursday, May 22, 2008

Stories from Other Worlds

They overcame him
by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. (Revelation 12:11)

The above passage is from John's Revelation after there was war in heaven. Today my biggest concern is getting to a meeting on time or paying $4 a gallon for gas. The Revelation passage seems like another world to me.

So does the story that follows.

It is from Voice of the Martyrs, a group that tells the stories of persecuted Christians around the world. I have added italics and underlining to passages that were particularly powerful.

Grace & Peace

Pastor's Son Recovering after Bomb Attack - VOM Sources

Praise God!

Amiel Ortiz, the teenage son of Messianic Pastor David Ortiz, is recovering after he was seriously injured when a bomb delivered to the family's home in the Jewish settlement went off in his hands.

According to The Voice of the Martyrs contacts, Amiel's father reports, "We checked out of the Schneider Children's Hospital last week after a six-week stay, eight days in the ICU and the rest on the children's floor. Ami received excellent care from the doctors and nurses in that hospital, but in response to prayer from the four corners of the earth, Ami has been healing at a rate that is extraordinary.

The plastic surgeon that worked on Ami said that in his 15 years of experience, he had never seen such extensive wounds. He said he has at least 100 pieces of shrapnel in his body from his head to his feet, which his body is slowly bringing up under the surface of the skin, which will come out by themselves."

Pray for Amiel's continued recovery as he has transitioned into a rehabilitation center.
Pray specifically for both eardrums to be restored, for him to regain use of his hands and arms.
Pray for healing for the burns and scars on his body.
Pray also for the emotional healing for Amiel and his family, and for those responsible for the attack to be brought to justice.
Ask God to give this family strength to forgive their attackers. 1 Corinthians 1: 3-5

Grace & peace

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